MGSO4 Young Musician 2016 competition launches

MGSO4 Young Musicians

A competition has been launched to find the borough’s most talented musicians, aged 18 and under and the winners will perform live on stage at MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival in June.

The competition is open to all young musicians (including singers) at school and/or living in the Borough of Epsom and Ewell, and entrants may select one of two categories: classical or contemporary.

Judging the competition are:

Nicholas McCarthy – Epsom-born and the world’s only one-handed concert pianist, currently touring the UK, and appearing at MGSO4 Festival.

Brenda Rattray – international singing supremo and composer, whose clients include The BBC Concert and Symphony Orchestras, The Maze Prison and The English National Opera.

Daniel Hammersley – Principal Cello with Royal Northern Sinfonia, with professional performances also including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Latitude and Glastonbury festivals.

Anyone wishing to enter will need to submit by email a link to a YouTube video of themselves performing a solo piece of their choosing by 1st June 2016.

First prize winners from each category will each receive music vouchers to the value of £75 and second prize winners will each receive music vouchers to the value of £25. One overall winner will be awarded a Yamaha Revstar RS 320 electric guitar worth £300, courtesy of Yamaha and Epsom’s guitarguitar store.

Andy Haldane, of guitarguitar, said:

“We are proud to be supporting the Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival along with Yamaha. The opportunity to help with the development of excellent young musicians and performers is too good for us to miss. So many of our staff and customers rely on a burgeoning creative community to allow them to connect with other musicians in the area, and to help pursue their musical ambitions, and this competition and event are at the very heart of this.”

All four winners will be performing on stage in Derby Square, Epsom on Sunday 26th June.

For full details of how to enter, visit

Young Musicians photograph by Nik Bartrum 2016.